Sally Bowles

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Cabaret singer at the Kit Kat Klub in pre-WWII Berlin, Germany as the Nazi tide rises ominously around her.

Her many-phased history includes:

  • Christopher Isherwood's 1937 novella Sally Bowles, based on real singer Jean Ross
  • Isherwood then included or adapted the material into his 1939 novel Goodbye to Berlin.
  • John Van Druten then adapted that novel into his 1951 stage play I Am a Camera.
  • Van Druten's play was adapted into a film of the same name in 1955, with Julie Harris playing Bowles.
  • John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff turned I Am a Camera into the stage musical Cabaret.
  • Bob Fosse then directed the best known, classic, 1972 film version, Cabaret, where Liza Minelli played Bowles.


Phew. You've come a long way, baby.

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